But in my absence, here's a fun project for you all to contemplate:
Most Pernicious Influence!!!!
You know -- an individual performer, a style, a genre, a song, a movement, or even a critic(!) that you believe has been, on balance, a complete disaster for pop/rock. Something or someone that really gets your goat, in other words. [insert obligatory Mickey Kaus joke here]
For me, this doesn't even require a minutes thought.
Yes, it's David Bowie in a walk!!!!!!!
1. He's a horrific singer whose pompous, affectless, butt-ugly quasi-operatic baritone crooning has never communicated a single honest emotion, and whose example has inspired countless equally awful self-important groaners for decades. For birthing Spandau Ballet alone, Bowie deserves oprobrium from all who walk upright.
2. He popularized the notion that constantly "reinventing yourself" -- which less pretentiously and more accurately used to be called "being trendy" -- is not only a good thing in and of itself but also The Mark of the True Artist. Bowie thus gave Madonna and half the bad bands in the world a pass to be insufferable poseur irritants for decades, and there's no end in sight (The Killers, anyone?).
Okay -- and your choice would be??????
[And don't forget to go downstairs and give ¡El Gato Negro! some love. It's for a good cause!]